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The Forum will bring together leaders from governments, donors, international organizations, business and academia to foster trade action in Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and inspire deeper collaborations and commitments in support of further LDC integration into global and regional trade.
2018 is a turning point for LDCs and trade, with a growing trade gap between developed nations and the world’s poorest countries and increasing instability in the world economy. The momentum we generate this year must lead to further integration of LDCs into trade at multiple scales into the future.  
At the Forum, leaders and practitioners from around the world will share what they have achieved on trade development in LDCs to date, with Aid for Trade complementing national initiatives, and will commit to doing more to ensure LDCs integrate and benefit from global trade. It will culminate in a call to action to leverage trade to combat poverty and inequality and to create a more inclusive trading system. 
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Heather Ducharme

The body shop
Sustainable Sourcing Manager
Heather joined the Body Shop in 2016 as a Sustainable Sourcing Manager.
Heather has been working on sustainability for almost 20 years. She began her career in ecology research, site remediation and waste management projects in North America, before joining the Canadian government to coordinate multi-jurisdictional environmental assessments. In 2009, she moved to the UK to undertake postgraduate study at the London School of Economics and Political Science in environment and development. Prior to joining the Body Shop, she spent five years leading a multidisciplinary programme of work on tropical commodities and deforestation as a Senior Policy Officer with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, a UK based nature conservation NGO.
Heather is very excited to be working for The Body Shop, and looks forward to carrying forward the beautiful experiment of achieving social justice and environmental sustainability through cosmetic ingredient supply chains.